Forbes - America's Top Colleges 2014

In 2008, Forbes.com began publishing an annual list, prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity of "America's Best Colleges". The Forbes rankings use student evaluations fromRateMyProfessors.com, self-reported salaries of alumni from PayScale, four-year graduation rates, numbers of students and faculty receiving "nationally competitive awards," and four-year accumulated student debt to calculate the rankings. The list emphasizes tuition costs, which boosts the ratings of the zero-cost United States Service academies. It disregards public reputation, which causes some colleges to score lower than in other lists. Most recent ranking puts Williams at the top, followed by Stanford, Swarthmore, Princeton, and MIT.

Ranking Institution Countrysort descending Previous ranking Acceptance rate
61
Wake Forest University
United States Minor Outlying Islands
34%
5
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States
7.7%
21
California Institute of Technology
United States
8.0%
37
University of California, Berkeley
United States
17%
53
College of the Holy Cross
United States
69
Scripps College
United States
36%
85
Wofford College
United States
65%
101
Southern Methodist University
United States
53.8%
117
Virginia Tech
United States
70%
133
Juniata College
United States
71%
149
Knox College
United States
72%
165
Beloit College
United States
67%
181
University of Puget Sound
United States
52%
197
Southwestern University
United States
52.2%
6
Yale University
United States
6.3%
22
Davidson College
United States
21.6%
38
Colgate University
United States
26.2%
54
Vanderbilt University
United States
13.1%
70
University of Wisconsin, Madison
United States
51.1%
86
Santa Clara University
United States
51.2%
102
Skidmore College
United States
37%
118
University of Colorado, Boulder
United States
88.0%
134
American University
United States
41.6%
150
Fordham University
United States
47%
166
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
United States
54.8%
182
Elon University
United States
54%
198
University of Pittsburgh
United States
54.5%
7
Harvard University
United States
5.9%
23
Duke University
United States
10.8%
39
Colby College
United States
29%
55
Hamilton College
United States
27%
71
Villanova University
United States
45.6%
87
University of Florida
United States
39%
103
Gettysburg College
United States
40%
119
Purdue University, West Lafayette
United States
60.0%
135
University of Delaware
United States
56.6%
151
Saint Michael's College
United States
78%
167
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
United States
46.9%
183
Loyola Marymount University
United States
50.2%
199
Manhattan College
United States
66%
8
Pomona College
United States
12.1%
24
University of Chicago
United States
8.4%
40
University of Virginia
United States
30%
56
Franklin and Marshall College
United States
39.3%
72
New York University
United States
34%
88
Dickinson College
United States
44%
104
Pitzer College
United States
13%
120
Yeshiva University
United States
84.0%
136
College of Wooster
United States
61%
152
Hendrix College
United States
83%
168
College of New Jersey
United States
46%
184
Transylvania University
United States
83%
200
University of Wyoming
United States
95.7%
9
United States Military Academy
United States
9%
25
Tufts University
United States
17.4%
41
College of William and Mary
United States
33%
57
Union College
United States
37%
73
University of Washington
United States
55%
89
Boston University
United States
34%
105
Providence College
United States
60%
121
Muhlenberg College
United States
43%
137
Texas A&M University, College Station
United States
69.2%
153
Colorado School of Mines
United States
45.0%
169
Michigan State University
United States
68.7%
185
University of New Hampshire
United States
77%
10
Amherst College
United States
14%
26
Vassar College
United States
22.8%
42
Kenyon College
United States
24.6%
58
Grinnell College
United States
27%
74
Brandeis University
United States
35%
90
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
33%
106
Lawrence University
United States
53%
122
George Washington University
United States
34.4%
138
Saint Lawrence University
United States
43%
154
Bard College
United States
35.2%
170
Loyola University Maryland
United States
63%
186
University of South Carolina, Columbia
United States
64.4%
11
Haverford College
United States
23.5%
27
United States Naval Academy
United States
43
Oberlin College
United States
31.3%
59
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
16.7%
75
Wheaton College
United States
65%
91
DePauw University
United States
61.5%
107
Indiana University, Bloomington
United States
74.4%
123
University of Redlands
United States
67%
139
University of Denver
United States
68%
155
Ohio State University, Columbus
United States
55.5%
171
Hampden-Sydney College
United States
55%
187
University of Portland
United States
64%
12
University of Pennsylvania
United States
10%
28
Georgetown University
United States
17.1%
44
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
18.2%
60
Bates College
United States
24%
76
University of Texas, Austin
United States
40.2%
92
Earlham College
United States
68%
108
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
United States
44.4%
124
College of the Atlantic
United States
64%
140
University of Vermont
United States
77.0%
156
Creighton University
United States
77%
172
Hope College
United States
82%

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